Stud Finder

(Discussion of men’s bodies and male-on-male sex in mostly very plain language, so not for kids or the sexually modest.)

Today’s playtime viewing began with a compilation video of scenes from porn flicks featuring Trenton Ducati, beginning with an especially nicely crafted scene from the 2012 TitanMen Stud Finder, involving Jed Athens, Ford Andrews, and Ducati. Well, yes, a bit of titular word play, combining carpentry / construction work and hot men.


The DVD cover, with Ducati in the middle

Gay porn flicks (and the scenes within them) are interpersonal dramas in a largely conventional format, involving stock characters and relationships and characteristic narrative structures (among them: first physical displays of affection as foreplay, then cocksucking, then fucking, then everybody comes, on camera), and set in characteristic locales. Some of the most favored locales are spaces mostly peopled by blue-collar men, so it’s no surprise that a number of gay porn flicks are set in carpentry shops and construction sites and have titles like Stud Finder, packaging together stud ‘an upright support in the wall of a building to which sheathing, drywall, etc., are attached’ and stud ‘a young man thought to be very active sexually or regarded as a good sexual partner’ (both definitions from NOAD2).

A posting on AZBlogX (“Beefier and beefiest”) has XXX-rated photos (#1-3) of the three actors in the scene, displaying their bodies; descriptions of the three characters; two stills of sexual action from the scene (#4 oral, #5 anal); the story of the scene compactly described (who does what to who, in what sequence, with what emotional tones); and a brief analysis of the relationships between the men, mostly in terms of b/t (roughly, subordinate / dominant) roles (see the Page on b/t here).

From AZBlogX on the characters:

The scene involves three men: at first, slender, smooth-bodied, boyish Jed Athens (an enthusiastic bottom who sometimes tops) and beefier, hairy and scruffy Ford Andrews (versatile), who run through sexual preliminaries — lots of kissing, passionate cocksucking, Andrews on Athens, then Athens on Andrews) before they are joined by the beefiest of the three, square-jawed bodybuilder (hence smooth-bodied) Trenton Ducati (also versatile in gay porn, but in this scene he’s top all the way). The contrast in body types is especially nice. (Meawhile, everybody’s tall and everybody has a wonderful pornstar cock.)

(I follow the custom in many descriptions of porn of conflating the actors (identified by their stage names) with the characters they portray, since no one in the scene uses any names.)

Cropped versions of #1-3 in AZBlogX, so you can judge the men’s faces and bodies:







The somewhat breathless ad copy for the video, with the scenes numbered and the relevant scene description boldfaced:

Got hung? You need to find some wood and steel, and you need it soon. Hold the tool in your hand and guide it carefully until it hits the spot… [a little forest of phallic vocabulary] or just let TitanMen Trenton Ducati and Hunter Marx be your Stud Finders, leading the charge as a group of utility players get sweatier and hornier by the second. [1] A basement workshop heats up as Hunter Marx and Will Swagger [hard to beat as a porn name] take turns sucking each other before the hairy Hunter plows his bud’s hole. [2] After a passionate suck exchange, buddies Ford Andrews and Jed Athens are soon under the spell of alpha-stud Trenton Ducati, whose energy takes control. [3] Handyman Race Cooper’s ass is too much for co-worker Stany Falcone to resist; watch the duo’s tight abs and muscled bods glisten as they get breathless together. [glisten is a great porn verb]

The conclusion of my interactional analysis on AZBlogX:

On the basis of body types and face types, you might have expected Ducati over Andrews over Athens, or if you throw in Andrews’s [very masculine] hairiness and scruffiness (and Ducati’s versatility in other parts), maybe Ducati and Andrews flip-fucking [and both fucking] Athens (or even Andrews over Ducati). But the scene plays out with Andrews as everybody’s b (and Ducati as everybody’s t): the others both fuck Andrews (twice each), he doesn’t fuck anybody, and he comes last [coming first is a t move, coming last a b move]. A nice reversal of expectation — but only a partial reversal, since the three-way opens with Athens serving the other two orally, and his getting spit-roasted (ecstatically taking the other two men at once) is the high point of the scene, and Athens is a total cockwhore in it. So the three-way plays out as Athens serving the other two, then switching to being the man in the middle, and finally going back to where he really belongs, serving the other two.

Meanwhile, Andrews is a total b in the three-way, a role prefigured by his going down on Athens first in their initial encounter [going down first is a b move].

The whole scene (in two main parts) is long and unhurried, building slowly to its conclusion. Yes, I found it moving.

Within the constraints of the genre, this is a complex and interesting narrative.

Studs and stud finders. From NOAD2, with the senses relevant to the porn flick boldfaced. The complete entry for the inanimate noun stud:

1 a large-headed piece of metal that pierces and projects from a surface, especially for decoration; a small, simple piece of jewelry for wearing in pierced ears or nostrils; a fastener consisting of two buttons joined with a bar, used in formal wear to fasten a shirtfront or to fasten a collar to a shirt; (usu. studs) a small projection fixed to the base of footwear, especially athletic shoes, to allow the wearer to grip the ground; (usu. studs) a small metal piece set into the tire of a motor vehicle to improve roadholding in slippery conditions.

2 an upright support in the wall of a building to which sheathing, drywall, etc., are attached; US the height of a room as indicated by the length of this.

3 a rivet or crosspiece in each link of a chain cable.

ORIGIN Old English studu, stuthu ‘post, upright prop’; related to German stützen ‘to prop.’ The sense ‘ornamental metal knob’ arose in late Middle English.

And the complete entry for the animal-related noun stud:

1 an establishment where horses or other domesticated animals are kept for breeding: [as modifier]: a stud farm | the horse was retired to stud; a collection of horses or other domesticated animals belonging to one person; (also stud horse) a stallion; informal a young man thought to be very active sexually or regarded as a good sexual partner.

2 (also stud poker) a form of poker in which the first card of a player’s hand is dealt face down and the others face up, with betting after each round of the deal. [the sense development isn’t clear to me]

ORIGIN Old English stōd, of Germanic origin; related to German Stute ‘mare,’ also to stand.

And then, finally, the relatively transparent N + N compound stud finder, from Wikipedia:

A stud finder (also stud detector or stud sensor) is a handheld device used to locate framing studs located behind the final walling surface, usually drywall. While there are many different stud finders available, they all fall into two main categories, magnetic stud detectors and electric stud finders. Stud finders have been in use since the early 20th century.

Stud finders are not very photogenic, so I omit the pictures.

I suppose we could think of Grindr as a stud finder.

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